Chernivtsi is situated at the banks of the river Prut in the Ukrainian part of the Bukovina region. It has approximately 240.000 inhabitants.
Only in the recent past Chernivtsi belonged to Austria-Hungary, Romania, the Soviet Union and now to the Ukraine. At present more than 60 different nationalities are said to live in Chernivtsi. Architectural styles in the city include Byzantine, Baroque and Gothic.
Chernivtsi's Central Square (Ploshcha Centralna) is the heart of the city centre. The southern side of the square is dominated by the Town Hall.
Just next to the Town Hall stands the former Directorate of the Bukovinian Savings Bank, which is now the Art Museum. The facade of this Art Nouveau building is decorated with a large ceramic mosaic.
In the south eastern corner of the Central Square the former Coffeehouse Habsburg can be found. It was built in 1898.
As in most other bigger Ukrainian cities also Chernivtsi has its own Monument to Taras Shevchenko, the popular Ukrainain poet. It was erected in 1999 and can be found at the northern end of the square, where once a Lenin monument stood.
Other architectural worth seeing buildings at the Central Square include the former Hotel Paris, the former Hotel Belle View, the former Hotel Black Eagle and the former Hotel Golden Lion.